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Ibn Rajab – rahimahullaah – said:  (1)

 

 

 

ولا بد للمؤمن من صبر قليل حتى يصل به إلى راحة طويلة…

 

…and it’s incumbent upon the believer to have a little patience in order to reach by way of it to a lengthy rest.

 

 

 

فإن جزع ولم يصبر فهو كما قال ابن المبارك

من صبر فما أقل ما يصبر ومن جزع فما أقل ما يتمتع

 

If he gets impatient then he is,
as has been said by Ibn al-Mubaarak:

 

Whoever exercises patience,
then how little is the patience he will have to exercise.
And whoever is impatient,
then how little is the enjoyment he will have.

 

 

 

:وكان الإمام الشافعي رحمه اللَه ينشد

 

يا نَـفـسُ مــا هِـــيَ إلاّ صَـــبـــرُ أَيّامِ

كَــأَنَّ مُـدَّتَــهـــا أَضــغــاثُ أَحــلامِ
 
يا نَـفْـسُ جـــوزي عَـنِ الـدُنــيا مُـبـادِرَةً

وَخَــلِّ عَـنـهـا فَـإِنَّ الـعَـيشَ قُــدامـــي

 

 

al-Imaam ash-Shaafi’ee – rahimahullaah –
used to recite (the following verses of poetry):

 

“O my soul! It is not, except a few days of patience;
As if the extent were but a few dreams.
O my soul! Pass quickly on through this world;
And leave it, for indeed life lies ahead of it.”
(2)

 

 

 

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(1)  From Ibn Rajab al-Hanbalee’s book “Fadl ‘ilm as-Salaf” – The Excellence of the Salaf’s Knowledge.

(2)  Translation of ash-Shaafi’ee’s – rahimahullaah – poem is taken from an article titled “The Yearning of the Pious for Paradise” – al-Istiqaamah Magazine, Issue #2, Safar 1417 A.H.  The rest of the translation (of what’s mentioned by Ibn Rajab in his book) is done by Thikraa.

 

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رأيت الذنوب تميت القلوب *** وقد يورث الذل إدمانها
وترك الذنوب حياة القلوب *** وخير لنفسك عصيانها

 

I have seen (that) sins bring death to the hearts

And (that) verily humiliation results from being addicted to them (i.e. sins)

And (that) the leaving off of sins brings life to the heart

And (that) it’s best for your Nafs that you disobey it (i.e. go against its desires) 

 

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In his tafseer of Soorat ash-SharH (verse 3), Sh. Ibn Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah) says:  “…if you see your heart heedless of your sins, then know that your heart is sick. It is not possible for hearts that are alive to accept/be content with being sick, and the sickness of the heart is sins.”  He, rahimahullaah, then mentions the aforementioned (poetry) verses, attributed to Abdullaah ibn al-Mubaarak (rahimahullaah). 

 

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:عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه ، قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم

من حسن إسلام المرء تركه ما لا يعـنيه

 

On the authority of Aboo Hurayrah (radiyallaahu ‘anhu) who said: The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) said:

“Part of the perfection of one’s Islaam is his leaving that which does not concern him.” (1)

 

“…and this is repugnant, that we talk much without any action. We sit in long gatherings/sittings for an hour, two hours, or three (indulged) in repetitive and harmful talk without any benefit in it. If one ponders over the waajibaat (obligations, or things we should be doing), he will find them many; (however), you find that he indulges in the mubaah (permissible) – and perhaps it is accompanied with some haraam (prohibited) in sayings and actions – and he leaves off many waajibaat (obligations, or things that he should be doing). This is not from the characteristics of the students of knowledge! The student of knowledge has to make sure that his actions are always ones which will bring about benefit for him – meaning that which concerns him from what he has been commanded in the Sharee’ah or been encouraged (to do) – and to leave off that which doesn’t concern him from the sayings and actions, the apparent thereof and the hidden.” (2)

 

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(1)  Hadeeth #12 in al-Ahaadeeth an-Nawawiyyah.  It is graded Hassan, and has been narrated by at-Tirmithee and others in this fashion.

(2)  The Explanation of the Arba’een an-Nawawiyyah by Sh.  Saaleh ibn Abdul-Azeez ibn Muhammad aal ash-Shaykh.

 

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